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E36 (1991 - 1999)
The E36 chassis 3-Series BMW was a huge hit among driving enthusiasts from the first moment the car hit the pavement. The E36 won numerous awards over the years it was produced and is still a favorite of many BMW enthusiasts to this day! -- View the E36 Wiki

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Old 06-18-2013, 02:44 PM
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Question Can't seem to find the answer... Tensioner Problem

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Recently replaced both belts on my 318is (180,000 miles) cause they were squeaking like mad. (dawn can only go so far) After the change the tensioner on the upper belt seems to rock back and forth making a clicking sound when the car is running. Didn't do this before the belt change. Im not sure if i need to replace all the pulleys or if the tensioner is just not keeping the belt tight. New to BMW's so not too sure what Im getting myself into here. Any help is much appreciated.

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Old 06-18-2013, 02:57 PM
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You didn't post what year your E36 is, but there are two types of tensioners, a spring loaded tensioner and a hydraulic tensioner. Both have a pulley on them that's replaceable. If you've got a tensioner pulley that you can actually wobble then the bearing in it is probably gone and it will make quite a squeal.
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Old 06-18-2013, 03:06 PM
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Its a 1995 318is,

I believe it is the hydraulic style tensioner. Its not so much a squeaking sound as it was with the old belts. its more of a clicking sound. I think it may be that the hydraulic piston is worn and giving the belt room to pull and tighten on the pulley making a sort of clicking sound. I just wanted to make sure if it was the tensioner or not before i buy the new parts.

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Old 06-18-2013, 03:36 PM
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Re: Can't seem to find the answer... Tensioner Problem

Joe (Sewage? Really? )I chased a rattle/clicking at the front of my M42 for months. It turned out to be the tensioner. I'll bet you've got the same situation.

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Old 06-18-2013, 03:41 PM
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Here is a vid of it.
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Old 06-18-2013, 05:04 PM
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I'd replace the belt tensioner. It's a fairly inexpensive and simple operation.
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Old 06-18-2013, 06:53 PM
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Hmmm, that's nothing like what mine sounded like. It may still be the tensioner, but mine sounded like a vanos rattle (but there's no vanos on the M42)
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Old 06-18-2013, 11:16 PM
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yeah just gonna replace the tensioner, thanks guys for the help.
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Old 06-18-2013, 11:25 PM
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Please report back your results. It helps everyone to have record of what was tried and what worked.
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Old 06-18-2013, 11:27 PM
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ok will do
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Finally got the new part in and the ticking has stopped, seems to have fixed the problem. Ended up being the belt tensioner, the old one pretty much fell apart when i took it out. Thanks again guys for the help.
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